3 New Additions to our Paper Sets for Rebelle are Out!

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 18:26:57 +0200

We’re happy to release three brand new sets of extraordinary papers and canvases that invite you to experience creative freedom while painting in Rebelle. They are based on their real-world equivalents used by traditional artists. The new paper sets include a collection of 3 beautiful canvases, papers consisting of wood fragments, and a set of unique recycled papers made from pulp. We turn them for you into a digital form so you can enjoy these exceptional surfaces digitally directly on your computer.

Traditional Canvas - The Royal Material

The canvas has always been a painter’s royal material. This set offers traditional primed canvas, pure fabric, and a bumpy canvas for brave experimenters. Enjoy the adventure of acrylics, watercolor painting, and ink wash drawing!

Archival Paper - Pulp With Wood Fragments

The new set is an example of papers containing various fragments of wood. Wood sawdust or pieces of bark give these papers a unique look. Such materials were used in the 20th century by artists for sketching and botanists to archive plants. One of the papers is an interpretation of a sheet produced in 1920. Go ahead and paint on these unique materials!

Handmade Recycled - Original Pulp Mix

This set was made by recycling different types of pulp. The master papermaker used various sieves for separating the pulp to obtain various types of surfaces. Each paper is a unique original. These handmade papers allow for unusual combinations of watercolor painting and surface drying. If you dream of new expression possibilities, this set is for you!


How We Create Papers for Rebelle

The ultra-realistic papers are an absolute gem. When creating papers, we look for a suitable contrast in texture to capture the characteristics of the fibers, which creates a unique paper structure every time. Papers are not a simple copy of reality. They are new textured images created with respect to the original pattern and behave realistically like real papers while painting in the Rebelle.

The new, as well as the rest of the paper sets, are available from our website for $9.99 USD each. Every set contains three different papers or canvases.

Have fun and enjoy creative freedom with these paper additions! :-)
Your Escape Motions Team


These papers and canvases are exclusive assets for Rebelle software (version 3.0 and newer). They were created by Lubomir Zabadal, an expert for traditional art media and assistant professor at UKF University, Slovakia.


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Summer Flame Painter 4.1.5 Update Released

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:42:39 +0200

Today we are releasing a new update to Flame Painter 4, your go-to effects software for designs and photographs, which consists of many useful fixes and additions. The update is available for download from the Community profile and is free for all Flame Painter 4 users.

Here's a breakdown of what is new and what is fixed in the newest 4.1.5 update:

Features and Changes:
- Save .fpa projects in Demo version
- Open .fpa projects from Demo version in the full version

Yes, you hear well! From now on, it is possible to save the .fpa projects from the Demo version. If you decide to purchase a full Flame Painter 4 license, you will be able to open these .fpa files in it and will not lose your Demo artworks.

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed crash when a JPG file smaller than the default canvas was opened via the 'File' menu (originally reported via this forum post);
- Fixed crash when a new file was created after the unconfirmed image import;
- Fixed image outline when a semi-transparent image was imported (originally reported via this forum post);
- Fixed: Switching between Transform and Canvas Size tools works correctly - sometimes when switched from Transform to Canvas size tool and vice versa, they got stuck and it was not possible to cancel either one of them;
- Fixed: Edit box in Canvas Size tool can be edited correctly now;
- Fixed: Text of the memory limits in Preferences are displayed correctly now;
- Fixed: Read-Only files now cannot be overwritten (originally reported via this forum post, the issue is common for both Flame Painter and Rebelle and will be also fixed to Rebelle's next update).

You can download the Flame Painter 4.1.5 update the following ways:
- from your Community account (go to 'My profile' > 'Purchases' tab),
- from Flame Painter’s Download page, or
- directly from the Flame Painter 4 menu: 'Help' > 'Update to 4.1.5'.

Definitely let us know how you like working with the update via Flame Painter’s menu: 'Help' > 'Send Feeback'.

Happy painting!
Your Escape Motions Team


Cover image by Louis Dyer | www.louisdyer.com

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Frottage - Touch With The Subconscious

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:52:08 +0200

One hundred years ago, the world was facing a new reality. It was two years after the First World War and Dadaism boldly provoked the art scene with its absurd play, criticism of social conventions and denial of traditional art forms. Coincidence, play, absurdity were the main weapons with which the artists wanted to inflict a blow on a society torn by its own contradictions. On the one hand, the tumultuous socio-political development, on the other hand, the peaceful life and stale air of traditional galleries and cultural institutions.

At that time, Max Ernst appeared on the art scene as a self-taught artist from Germany, who, like many other young artists, enlisted in the First World War. This deeply traumatizing environment made him feel that modern times were losing ground and were full of absurdity. The feeling emerged from the subconscious, which supplied him with several difficult-to-define images. His interest in subconscious processes corresponded to Freud's research of conscious and unconscious mind, as the source of many of our actions.

Max Ernst -  The Fugitive

After 1924, Dadaism gradually grew into the surrealist movement with its automatically created drawing without conscious correction. The drawings are full of shapes flowing from the subconsciousness and gradually revealing hints of specific shapes, erotic motifs, and natural forces. Max Ernst, as an artistically untrained but talented and sensitive young man, becomes a pioneer of various forms of Dadaism and Surrealism.

One day in 1925, his subconsciousness forced him to put the paper on the floor of his room and capture by friction the structure of beautiful, washed-out wood. The discovery of frottage has become a technique with great potential. Max is no longer limited by the lack of drawing training. The sources for expressing his subconscious are everywhere around him. Anything that has even a slightly bumpy surface can be transferred to the paper by rubbing with a pencil and thus directly touching the subconscious through the material. By capturing and composing various plant and industrial surfaces, compositions of non-existent animals, countries, or even whole worlds can be created.

Max Ernst -  Little Tables around the Earth

But Max doesn't want to make this world clear. He again immersed in the metaphorical language in the artwork titles to bring other hints, other layers of meaning into the work. He connects his techniques with the world of literature, where he uses old textbooks and engravings as a source of surreal collages that arch back to our subconscious.

Max Ernst - She Keeps Her Secret

It has been a hundred years since these special times. Today, frottage is known in every school. It belongs to the basic equipment of both art buddies and professionals. From Ernst's legacy, less tragic, erotic, and more play, humor and formal beauty remained in it.

After a hundred years, we are experiencing new traumas, new problems. A stream of subconsciousness emerges again through reflections on a pandemic, climate problems, and new challenges for the society. We have new possibilities for capturing the flow of our subconscious. We have digital graphics tools. Many of them are as if behind the glass, they do not allow direct contact with the material. However, there are exceptions – Rebelle is one of them. It is different in the sense that its instruments encourage our memory to remember the beauty of real materials. It wants you to enjoy the pleasure of direct contact with the material in the digital world.

Ľubomír Zabadal - Plačúci / Crying (digital painting made in Rebelle 3)

Unlike traditional frottage, where only surfaces with a distinctive structure can be captured by the pressure of a pencil, Rebelle allows us to use any object around, thus opens up new possibilities for us. All you have to do is to look around your surroundings, take a picture of an interesting object or texture, and place them into Rebelle like a new paper. Using the pencil or pastel tool and a gentle touch of the graphic pen, you can examine how the material is appearing on the surface. Something unexpected can be created by inserting more and more textures and combining them in original ways.

Ľubomír Zabadal - Dirigent / Conductor (digital painting made in Rebelle 3)

It's an adventure similar to when Max Ernst saw and captured a painting on the wooden floor of his apartment almost a hundred years ago!

Ľubomír Zabadal - Cesta / Route (digital painting made in Rebelle 3)


Author of the text and digital frottage images is Mgr. Ľubomír ZABADAL, PhD. - an expert for traditional art media and assistant professor at Department Of Creative Arts and Art Education at UKF University, Slovakia.

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